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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
A really powerful way to organize and then find images in Adobe Bridge CS4 is by using keyword tags. A keyword tag is a short piece of text, maybe one word or a couple of words, that describes the content of an image. Keyword tags can be attached to an image and then later used to search for all the images that have that content. A single photo could have more than one keyword tag, making it easier to find. For example, I might take this photo of my son and daughter, and tag it with both of their names, Katie and Coby.
Then when I search for Katie or when I search for Coby, this image will come up in the search results. In this movie, I'd like to show you how to create keyword tags and apply them to images, and then in later movies, I'll show you how to find images based on keyword tags. First, to create keyword tags, I'll go to the Keywords panel over here at the bottom-right of Bridge. If yours isn't showing, click on the Keywords tab. Here you'll see a list of some keyword tags like Birthday, Graduation, Wedding, and some keyword tag categories like Events, People, and Places that are just examples of the kinds of keyword tags that you can use.
You don't have to use any of these. In fact, you're probably going to want to create your own keyword tags, and maybe even some new keyword tag categories. To make a new keyword tag that I'm going to apply to some of these files, I'm going to go down to the bottom of the Keyword tags panel and click this Plus symbol for new keyword. That opens this text editing area, and here I'm going to type the name of the town where I took some of these pictures, which is Boulder, and then press Return. I've now created a new keyword. I can drag that keyword into a category, here in the Keywords panel, by clicking-and-dragging on the Boulder keyword and going down to the Places category, and when there is a blue highlight around Places, I'll release my mouse.
If I want to avoid the step of dragging a keyword tag, I can first click on the category in which I want the tag to be located, and then I'll go down to the bottom of the Keyword tags panel and I'll choose New sub Keyword. That creates a new keyword right inside the Places category. For this one, I'm going to type 'Gold Hill', which is where I took some others of the photos that you see here, and then I'll press Return on my keyboard. Now that I've created some more relevant keywords, I'm going to apply those to some of the images that you see here.
First, I'll add the keyword Boulder to all of the photos I took in Boulder. Those are the photos of the car. So I'll click on the first car photo, I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on the last to select all of those in between. Then I'm going to go over to the Keyword tags panel, and I'm just going to click in the empty checkbox to the left of Boulder. That applies the Boulder keyword tag to each one of the selected images. I'll deselect the images by clicking in a blank area of the Content panel, and then I'm going to select the other five images here, clicking on one, holding the Shift key and clicking on the fifth one.
That selects all in between, and I'll add the keyword tag Gold Hill to these photos by going to the Keywords panel and clicking in the blank checkbox to the left of Gold Hill. Then I'll click in a blank area of the Content panel to deselect. Now if I click on one of these thumbnails, you'll see in the Keywords panel a checkmark next to any and all keyword tags that have been applied to that photo. And as I mentioned, I can have more than one tag on a single photo. So that's how you can create tags and apply them. How can you remove a tag that you no longer want to have on a photo? I'm going to select this first photo here, and you'll notice that I inadvertently applied the Gold Hill tag to that photo, even though the photo has nothing to do with Gold Hill, it was actually taken in Mexico.
So to remove the Gold Hill keyword tag from this photo, I make sure that the thumbnail is selected in the Content panel, and then I'll just uncheck Gold Hill. If I were to click on another of the Gold Hill photos, you can see that the Gold Hill tag is still applied to those other photos. Now what if I want to get rid of a keyword tag completely in the Keywords panel. For example, there are a couple of People tags here that are examples that came with the program and I don't know anybody named Matthew or Ryan, so I want to remove those tags. To do that, I'll hold the Ctrl key and click on the Matthew tag or right-click on the Matthew tag and choose Delete.
Then I'll click Yes, and that tag is gone. I can do the same for the Ryan tag. Delete, and Yes. Then I could add my own People tags in this category. So with the People category selected in the Keywords panel, I'll click the New sub Keyword icon at the bottom of the Keywords panel, and I'll type 'Katie' and press Return. Then I'll go down there again and click the New sub Keyword icon and I'll type 'Coby', and press Return. Then I'm going to select that first photo in the Content panel, and I'm going to add the Coby keyword tag and the Katie keyword tag to that photo.
Now what's the purpose of all this keywording? Well, the purpose is to make it easier to find images by subject matter later. If I've added keyword tags to all my photos, I really don't have to worry as much about naming folders to keep the photos in, or renaming the titles of photos, because I know that I'll always be able to find photos by their subject matter keywords, no matter which folder they're in or what their titles may be. There are several ways to find images that are keyword tagged in Bridge, and I'll be covering those in more detail in upcoming movies in this chapter.
One way is to go to the Edit menu, and use the Find command, as I'll explain in another movie. And another is to use the Keywords Filter here in the Filter panel. If your Keywords Filter is not expanded like this, but rather it looks like this, then you can click the arrow to the left of keywords and you'll see there a list of all of the keywords that have been applied to photos. If I want to see just the photos taken in Gold Hill, for example, I can click just to the left of the Gold Hill keyword here in the Filter panel, and that filters away all except those photos that have the Gold Hill keyword on them.
I'll be telling you more about the Filter functions in a later movie too. So keywording is really, I think, the most flexible and powerful of the different ways to organize and find images in Bridge. I suggest that you adopt the habit of keywording all your photos and it really is easiest and best to do that when you import a new card of photos to your computer. That way you won't have to keyword a huge number of photos all at once. Also, when you're creating keywords, think hard about what those are and try to come up with keywords and keyword categories that are likely to apply across many of the kinds of photos that you like to take the most.
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